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Ed Silverstein

Ed Silverstein

Senior Legal Reporter: Gaming Law, Tribal Gaming, Crime, Gaming Research. An award-winning journalist with credits ranging from the Associated Press to American Lawyer Media, Ed joined the Casino.org news team in 2019 with decades of legal reporting expertise under his belt. His past reporting and editing assignments include Cowles Business Media, Columbia University Press, the Connecticut Post, and Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc. Besides the law and its application to the gaming industry, Ed’s areas of expertise span business, courts, crime, politics, education, and state and local government. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut (where he now lives), and master’s degrees from Harvard and Yale, Ed’s professional awards include recognition from the New England Press Association and New England AP News Executives.

Crime Sprees Continue at Rapid City, South Dakota Casinos: Suspect in Custody

Two casinos in Rapid City South Dakota were each the scene of robberies in the past week — one attempted and one successfully carried out. And it’s not the first time the targeted casinos have been hit, either. In one case, Quintez Provancial, 27, of Rapid City, allegedly tried to steal money from a cash…Read More

Pro-Trump PAC Latest Target of Culinary Workers Union Representing Employees at Palms Casino

To get owners of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas to the negotiation table, the Culinary Workers Union (CWU) is threatening to picket the office of a political action committee (PAC) — one that’s supportive of President Donald Trump and that’s received generous donations from Palms and Station Casinos owners, brothers Frank and Lorenzo…Read More

Taunton, Massachusetts Casino Proposal in Jeopardy as Three Mashpee Wampanoag Council Members Under Fire

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe — frustrated over continuing struggles to open a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts, just West of Cape Cod — is beset with infighting as three members of its tribal council face possible removal from office. The Cape Cod Times reports that Rita Gonsalves, Carlton Hendricks, Jr.,  and Aaron Tobey Jr., will be…Read More

Las Vegas Casino Dealers Join Forces With UAW After Dropping from Transportation Union

Dealers at four Las Vegas casinos have approved a new affiliation with the United Auto Workers (UAW) after parting ways from the Transportation Workers Union (TWU). On Sunday, table dealers at Bally’s, Harrah’s, Paris and The Wynn in Las Vegas approved joining the UAW to have the 84-year-old union represent them in labor negotiations. Within a week,…Read More

Pennsylvania Proposal Would Aim State’s Expanded Gaming Intake Towards Property Tax Relief

A new proposal in Pennsylvania’s legislature would require any additional gaming revenue heading to the state be used only for property tax relief. Sponsored by State Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), Senate Bill 269 would give homeowners a break by making up some of the shortfall in the Property Tax Relief Fund that was set up…Read More

Wire Act Reinterpretation Could Be At Risk As State Lottery Officials Pressure DOJ

Legal experts say that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials could soon buckle to mounting pressure to limit or even withdraw a controversial reinterpretation of the Wire Act, which now extends its authority from only sports betting to also encompass state lotteries. Lottery officials are making their concerns known to members of Congress and the DOJ….Read More

MGM Empire City Casino Execs in Yonkers Push for Live Table Games, But Key New York Politicians Push Back

MGM Resorts International recently acquired Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York — 15 miles north of midtown Manhattan — and now the gaming operator wants to expand its offerings beyond just slots to live classic table games like blackjack and baccarat. But not everyone in the surrounding area is in favor. Empire Casino CEO…Read More

Facial Recognion Technology Continues to Stir Controversy, But Casinos Worldwide Forge Ahead with Installation

Surveillance cameras in casinos around the globe are obviously nothing new. And neither are the arguments for and against facial recognition technology, which goes back as far as the mid-1960s to its initial development and deploys what’s called Biometric Artificial Intelligence (AI) to identify human faces against existing databases. New developments — and how those…Read More

Volatile Bitcoin an Unlikely Casino Bet, While Blockchain Promises Possible Payoffs

Cryptocurrency gambling at US casinos — with digital currencies like Bitcoin — remains a long-shot, even though a new Rutgers University study found that more than 50 percent of active gamblers traded in cryptos in a recent year. The research appearing in the journal Addictive Behaviors revealed that more than 75 percent of high-risk stock…Read More

Fitz Tunica Casino Reopens After Mississippi River Flooding Forces Temporary Closure

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The Fitz Tunica Casino reopened Thursday after rising flood waters forced a five-day closure of the property located in Robinsonville, Mississippi. Local officials closed the access road to the casino on Sunday because of flood waters from the nearby Mississippi River. There was no flooding in the casino’s parking lot, or water reaching the hotel…Read More

St. Paul Officials Rethinking How Funds Generated From Charitable Gambling Are Distributed

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The cut from charitable gambling in St. Paul Minnesota, that is sent to youth programs may soon be restricted to those organizations helping the neediest of youngsters. Currently, 10 percent of revenue raised by non-profits from gambling held in bars, private clubs and other qualified locations can be given to various youth-related local organizations. That…Read More

Latest Deal to Sell Atlantic City’s Atlantic Club Casino Once Again Crumbles

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Another deal to sell the long-vacant Atlantic Club Casino Hotel situated on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk has fallen through. It represents the fourth time in less than three years that attempted sales have failed. The recent effort was for the current owner, TJM Properties, to sell the building — which is in a state of disrepair…Read More

Proposed Pennsylvania Mini-Casino Promises Large Economic Benefits, But Locals Outraged

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A planned satellite casino in Pennsylvania’s Caernarvon Township from Penn National Gaming (PNG) was challenged on moral grounds this week, but backers assure locals it will add economic fuel to the region. Hundreds crammed into a hearing on Monday — as opponents warned the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) the casino could lead to social…Read More

Legal Sports Betting, Gaming Company Sponsorships Both Backed by Soccer Commissioner

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Sports betting on professional soccer received key support Sunday after MLS Commissioner Don Garber said it was a way to better “connect with … fans.” Speaking to reporters at the DC United versus Atlanta United match — won 2-0 by the hosting Washington team — the Major League Soccer executive explained that leagues “overall” will…Read More

10 Percent of Teens in Ireland Illegally Gamble, Government Study Ascertains, But American Kids Are Way Ahead

In the Republic of Ireland, one-tenth of the population between 15 and 17 years old gambled illegally during a 12-month period, according to a survey prepared by NACDA — the country’s National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol and the UK’s Department of Health (DOH). Released this week by the DOH, research shows that in the…Read More